Our Program

About Central High School

Located on the western slope of Colorado, in beautiful Grand Junction, Central High School serves approximately 1450 students each year. Central High School’s mission is that, “Through RIGOR, RELEVANCE and RELATIONSHIPS, we strive for academic excellence by following the Way of the Warrior.”  Under the direction of the CHS administration, we strive to encourage and promote every student to live up to his or her individual excellence in all aspects of academics/activities.

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About the Central High School Band Program

The Central High School band program is one of the most prosperous and versatile programs at Central High School. There are many instrumental/performance ensembles offered in the band department at Central High School. The goal of these ensembles is to provide a versatile and rigorous performing experience for the students at CHS, which will enable these students to continue to enrich society after graduation from Central High School.

The ensembles/courses offered at Central High School are:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • Jazz Band I
  • Jazz Band II (5th Block)
  • Jazz Band II (6th Block)
  • Marching Warriors/Color Guard
  • Pep Band
  • Various Chamber Ensembles
  • Winter Drumline / Percussion Ensemble
  • Winterguard
  • Music Theory

Fall 2020

Symphonic Band (3rd Block)

We are a concert band of the 45 member Symphonic Band at Central High School. We prepare intermediate level wind band music and perform at all CHS band concerts and festivals. We meet during 3rd Block.

Symphonic Band (5th Block)

We are a concert band of the 45 member Symphonic Band at Central High School. We prepare intermediate level wind band music and perform at all CHS band concerts and festivals. We meet during 5th Block.

Jazz Band II (6th Block)

We prepare intermediate level jazz band music and perform at all CHS band concerts and festivals. We meet during 6th block.

Wind Ensemble (7th Block)

We are the band of 45 member Wind Ensemble at Central High School. We prepare intermediate and advanced level wind band music and perform at all CHS band concerts and festivals. We have qualified for the CBA State Concert Band festival in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. We meet during 7th Block

Marching Warriors (8th/9th Block)

We are the 80-member marching band at Central High School. We are a consistent state qualifier, placing as high as 8th place in 2015. Students in marching band are in the symphonic band/wind ensemble/symphonic band, and also have the opportunity to perform in the extra-curricular winter percussion ensemble and winter guard.  We meet during 8th and 9th block in the Fall Semester.

Spring 2021

Symphonic Band (3rd Block)

We are a concert band of the 85 member Symphonic Band at Central High School. We prepare intermediate level wind band music and perform at all CHS band concerts and festivals. We meet during 3rd Block.

Music Theory (4th Block)

We are a music theory of the 15-20 member Symphonic Band at Central High School. Students will learn about the theory behind music through analysis, composition, critical listening, and so much more. We meet during 4th Block.

Jazz Band II (5th Block)

We prepare intermediate level jazz band music and perform at all CHS band concerts and festivals. We meet during 5th block.

Jazz Band II (6th Block)

We prepare intermediate level jazz band music and perform at all CHS band concerts and festivals. We meet during 6th block.

Wind Ensemble (7th Block)

We are the band of 45 member Wind Ensemble at Central High School. We prepare intermediate and advanced level wind band music and perform at all CHS band concerts and festivals. We have qualified for the CBA State Concert Band festival in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. We meet during 7th Block

Jazz Band I (8th Block)

We prepare intermediate/advanced level jazz band music and perform at CHS band concerts and festivals. We meet during 8th block in the Spring Semester.

Awards/Accolades

2019-2020 School Year

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 25 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • State Quarter Finalist – 13th Place

2018-2019 School Year

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • State Quarter Finalist – 13th Place

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Concert Band

  • Wind Ensemble – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier
  • Symphonic Band – Good Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier

Colorado West Music Festival

  • Wind Ensemble – Excellent Rating
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent Rating
  • Jazz I – Superior Rating
  • Jazz II – Superior Rating

Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association

  • CHS Junior Varsity and Varsity Winterguard – State Finalists

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 50 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

2017-2018 School Year

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • State Quarter Finalist – 14th Place

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Concert Band

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier – Qualified for the State Concert Band Festival
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier
  • Wind Ensemble – Good Rating – State Concert Band Festival

Colorado West Music Festival

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent Rating
  • Jazz I – Excellent Rating
  • Jazz II – Excellent Rating

Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association

  • CHS Junior Varsity and Varsity Winterguard – State Finalists

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 50 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

2016-2017 School Year

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • Colorado West Marching Festival – 2nd place
  • Western Slope Regional Qualifier – 2nd place
  • State Semi-Finalist – 12th Place

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Concert Band

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier – Qualified for the State Concert Band Festival
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier
  • Wind Ensemble – Excellent Rating – State Concert Band Festival

Colorado West Music Festival

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior rating
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent rating
  • Jazz Band I – Excellent rating
  • Jazz Band II – Superior Rating

Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association

  • CHS Junior Varsity and Varsity Winterguard – State Finalists

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 50 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

Students selected to:

  • CBA Select Band
  • Best of the West Band
  • Colorado All State Honor Band (UNC) – Kayla Stoneburner and Connor Maybury, Alternates
  • WSCBA Honor Jazz Band – Miranda Chaffin and Connor Maybury

2015-2016 School Year

Entire program earned the “CBA Exemplary Band Award”

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • Western Slope Regional Qualifier – 1st Place
  • State Finalist – 8th Place

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Concert Band

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier – Qualified for the State Concert Band Festival
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier
  • Wind Ensemble – Excellent Rating – State Concert Band Festival

Colorado West Marching Invitational

  • 3rd Place Overall

Colorado West Music Festival

  • Wind Ensemble – Excellent rating
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent rating
  • Jazz Band I – Excellent rating
  • Jazz Band II – Superior Rating

Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association

  • CHS Winterguard – State Qualifier

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 40 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

Students selected to:

  • CBA Select Band
  • Best of the West Band
  • Colorado All State Honor Band (UNC) – Sean Diehl

2014-2015 School Year

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • Western Slope Regional Qualifier – 2nd Place
  • State Quarterfinalist – 14th Place

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Concert Band

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier – Qualified for the State Concert Band Festival
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier
  • Wind Ensemble – Excellent Rating – State Concert Band Festival

Colorado West Marching Invitational

  • 4th Place Overall

Colorado West Music Festival

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating
  • Symphonic Band – Superior Rating
  • Jazz Band I – Superior Rating
  • Jazz Band II – Excellent Rating

CMU Jazz Festival

  • Mateo Parsons (Senior, Trumpet/Flugelhorn) – Outstanding Solo

Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association

  • CHS Winterguard – 5th Place – Class SRA

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 20 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

Students selected to:

  • CBA Select Band
  • Best of the West Band

2013-2014 School Year

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • Western Slope Regional Qualifier – 2nd Place
  • State Semifinalist – 11th Place

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Concert Band

  • Symphonic Winds – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier
  • Concert Band – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier

Colorado West Marching Invitational

  • Outstanding Color Guard (4A/5A)
  • 3rd Place Overall

Colorado West Music Festival

  • Symphonic Winds – Superior Rating
  • Jazz Band II – Superior Rating
  • Concert Band – Excellent Rating
  • Jazz Band I – Excellent Rating

Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association

  • CHS Winterguard – 5th Place – Class SRA

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 30 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

Students selected to:

  • CBA Select Band
  • Best of the West Band
  • CU Honor Band – Taelor Blakesley
  • Colorado All State Honor Band (UNC) – Taelor Blakesley and Emily Djokic